Letter: A More Accurate Description
To the Editor:
Congratulations to Sarah Brubeck for her July 16 article regarding the unfortunate Dartmouth College employee who fell from the second floor of a fraternity house. She wrote that the person was “hospitalized with symptoms consistent with drug use.” Another person, according to the story, was also hospitalized for “treatment related to drug use.”
At last, a reporter is using the proper phrase — “drug use” rather than “drug abuse.” For years I have been baffled by reports of “drug/substance abuse,” a phrase which makes no sense. The individual who uses drugs or consumes too much alcohol is abusing himself, not the drug or the booze. It’s refreshing to see a reporter call it what it is.